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The Service Employees International Union, which says it represents 40,000 workers in the Washington region, announced Monday that it is endorsing all four of the five D.C. council members up for reelection this year.

They did not endorse anyone in Ward 3. Mary M Cheh (D-Ward 3) is running unopposed in Democratic primary

SEIU's decision to endorse all of the incumbents in contested races highlights the current council's close-working relationship with organized labor

"Our endorsement recognizes a longstanding partnership," said Merle Cuttia, president of the SEIU Local 500. "We look forward to continuing this partnership that has helped the District make enormous strides toward being a place where all workers are respected and treated fairly."

In recent years, the council has often sided with organized labor in many of its disputes with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), who has worked to try to consolidate government and create a more business-friendly environment.

SEIU has endorsed Council member David A. Catania (I-At large), Phil Mendelson (D-At large), Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), all of whom the union described as "strong allies of working men and women in the District."

SEIU has not yet endorsed anyone in the D.C. mayor's race, but many unions are expected to line up behind Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) in his battle against incumbent Adrian M. Fenty (D).

-- Tim Craig

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By Washington Post editors  |  April 19, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, District of Columbia Council, Harry Thomas Jr, Jim Graham, Phil Mendelson, Service Employees International Union  
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Comments

Why is SEIU aligning itself with a career criminal like Jim "Taxi Cash" "AIDS Grift" Graham? It is embarassing to the other Council members and will come back to haunt them when he is perp walked out of the Wilson Building by the feds.

How is Ted Loza like a slow learning canary? He is only now realizing that he needs to sing!

Posted by: SoCali | April 19, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Why is SEIU aligning itself with a career criminal like Jim "Taxi Cash" "AIDS Grift" Graham? It is embarassing to the other Council members and will come back to haunt them when he is perp walked out of the Wilson Building by the feds.

How is Ted Loza like a slow learning canary? He is only now realizing that he needs to sing!

Posted by: SoCali | April 19, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm not undertanding Catania in that endorsement.

Posted by: candycane1 | April 19, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I'm not understanding Catania in that endorsement. Typo oops

Posted by: candycane1 | April 19, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

SEIU - 2 Sold Out 2 Quit.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | April 19, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Tommy & Jimmy...Really???

"Our endorsement recognizes a longstanding partnership," said Merle Cuttia, president of the SEIU Local 500.

Too Funny...b/c neither Tommy or Jimmy have worked in partnership with SEIU members. Check how they have voted over the past four years on issues concerning D.C. Gov't wokers?

Posted by: thelildiva4u | April 19, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

SEIU always endorses the Obama puppets.

Posted by: zcxnissan | April 19, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

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